News and Notes 143 December 3

Resources from NARIC in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) offers Engaging Policymakers, online course for researchers; Great Lakes and Southwest ADA Centers seek participants for a survey designed for young adults in post-secondary settings on their experience using AT; United Nations has designated December 3rd International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD); researcher from Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (EPRRTC) interviewed in New York Times article regarding the disclosure of mental disorders to employers; ADA Knowledge Translation Center publishes Community Collaboration Ensures Access to Art for All; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) posts 2014 KT Conference archive; Southeast ADA Center's monthly ADA Live series continues with Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology.

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2014-12-03
NARIC news: 

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (see the Elsewhere section below). This year's theme and sub-themes focus on the power of technology to promote and support full inclusion of people with disabilities in society, with special emphasis on information and communication technologies (ICT). NIDRR-funded projects in ICT range from engineering centers focusing on cloud computing and wireless technology to small businesses creating apps and hand-held devices for independent living. You may also be interested in these reports from the NIDRR community and other sources, as well as grantee newsletters, all available from our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

Engaging Policymakers – A Self-Paced Course
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) offers Engaging Policymakers, a self-paced, online course for researchers and their knowledge translation teams. The course provides participants with insights to engage with policymakers, and to consider the most effective ways to share their research with these target audiences. The course explores KT tools such as policy factsheets and policy briefs, including a rubric for evaluating a policy brief. Additional KT resources are also available. Contact msktc@air.org for more information or to sign up for the course.

News items: 

Disclosure in the Workplace Discussed in the NY Times
Sarah von Schrader, PhD, from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (EPRRTC) (H133B100017), was interviewed for an article, Deciding whether to disclose mental disorders to the boss, in a recent issue of the New York Times. The article discusses the experiences of employees who chose to disclose their mental health conditions and cites a recent EPRRTC article, Perspectives on disability disclosure: The importance of employer practices and workplace climate (full text), in the Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal.

Community Collaboration Ensures Access to Art for All
The NIDRR-funded ADA Knowledge Translation Center (H133A110014) has published Community Collaboration Ensures Access to Art for All, the latest in the Regional Success Stories series highlighting the achievements of the 10 ADA National Network Centers. This issue focuses on the Southeast ADA Center and their work with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, designing an inclusive training program to teach museum staff and volunteers to meet the access needs of visitors, covering a variety of disabilities.

KT Conference Archive Now Available
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120012) has posted archived presentations from the 2014 KT Conference: Effective Media Outreach Strategies. This conference focused on using various forms of media to expand the reach and use of research findings. Journalists, NIDRR grantees, and experts representing traditional media, social media, and special focus media outlets shared their perspectives on effective strategies to promote the uptake of disability-oriented research findings by the media.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: ADA Live - Sustainable Development TODAY
The NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA Center (H133A110021) continues its monthly ADA Live series with Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology, TODAY, 1-1:30 ET. John Robinson, CEO of Our Ability, Inc., discusses inclusive technology development and the theme of this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.

Participate: 

Participate: QIAT-PS Survey
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes and Southwest ADA Centers (H133A110029, H133A110027) seek input for the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary education (QIAT-PS) project. The short survey is designed for young adults currently or recently in post-secondary settings to gather information on their experience using AT. The information will be used to update and expand the QIAT-PS suite of tools.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The United Nations has designated December 3rd International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). The aim of IDPD is to promote better understanding of disability issues; mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of people with disabilities; and increase awareness of the gains derived from the integration of people with disabilities. This year’s theme, Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology, focuses on harnessing the power of technology to promote inclusion and accessibility. The theme includes three sub-themes: Disability-Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals, Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Responses, and Creating Enabling Work Environments.